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Sumo (aka Dekopon) now Available! / デコポン、好評発売中!

Posted on 17th January 2015 in Fruit & Vegetable

In the1970s a citrus grower in Japan set out to develop a fruit which would combine the best of the easy-to peel. Satsuma with big, juicy sweet oranges from California. This new fruit proved challenging to grow, but thankfully, grower persevered. It took over 30 years, but his hard work was rewarded. This new variety became the most prized citrus fruit in Japan and Korea. Now this legendary fruit, which is called Dekopon in Japan and Hallabong in Korea, is finally available for the enjoyment of consumers here in America. It’s grown on farms in California’s Central Valley to the same exacting standards of the original Kumamoto farmer. It is the biggest mandarin you’ve ever seen. It has a distinctive shape with a prominent “top-knot”. The peel is bright orange, bumpy and loose so it peels effortlessly. The delicate sections separate easily. It’s seedless, juicy without being messy, and it is quite probably the sweetest citrus you’ll ever eat.

日本では熊本県をはじめ主に九州で生産される「デコポン」が、カリフォルニア産「SUMO」として私たちの元へ届きました! デコポンは冬から春にかけてが旬ですが、寒さに弱いため、温暖なカリフォルニアは適地。大ぶりの実がおいしく育ちました。 外見上の凸凹が特徴でその名前がつきましたが、いびつな形と果皮の見た目が粗い特徴を逆にセールスポイントとして人気を博した蜜柑です。 皮は厚そうに見えますが、上部の凸を取ると中は空洞で、手で簡単に剥けます。また、薄皮で白いわたや筋もほとんどなくそのまま食べられます。若干酸味がありますが、その程よい酸味がデコポンの甘みに深みをもたらし、オレンジとは一味違うバランスを作り上げているのが特徴です。そのままお召し上がりになるのはもちろん、サラダやドレッシング、ケーキやゼリーなどにもおいしくご利用いただけます。

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